Trump Supporters Yell “Traitor” At Sen. Graham

By Claire Hardwick

In a video captured at the Reagan Airport in Washington, DC, Senator Lindsey Graham faced a Trump mob waiting for him. As he walked through the airport, he was swarmed by Trump supporters yelling “traitor.” Graham was one of Trump’s fiercest allies in the Senate, and was a key politician in helping his legislative efforts in Congress. 

Graham was yelled at my Trump supporters, “traitor” and “liar.” One supporter said, “You work for the people, you work for us, do you hear me.” Graham, who was surrounded by security, was told, “One day you will not be able to walk down the street. It is today.”

Following the events on Wednesday, where a Trump protest turned into an angry mob that cost American lives and defaced the Capitol, Graham broke from President Trump. He said, “From my point of view, he’s been a consequential president. But today, first thing you’ll see. All I can say is, count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful.”

Ironically, President Trump has also faced the wrath from the mob. Following his video where he admitted to the election defeat, albeit in coated words, Trump supporters on Twitter erupted against the president, calling him a “coward.” Trump, who promised his supporters that if they continued to fight, the election fraud would be discovered and he would continue being their president, betrayed them by acknowledging reality. Reports have circulated that Trump only recorded the video because of advice he faced legal consequences. 

Why this matters: Trump, today, said he will not attend the inauguration on January 20th. The previous president presiding over the new president’s swearing in ceremony is a crucial part to American Democracy’s commitment to the peaceful transfer of power. Following the election, President Trump has misled his voters with conspiracies, and providing false hope that the election results could be overturned. He supported the “Save America” rally on Wednesday, as he heckled Mike Pence and said that their movement would persevere. Well, the result of this heightened rhetoric at the rally led to deaths of Americans in a sacred building. It serves as a reminder that our leaders cannot resort to hateful, inciting language and give false information.